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Metamorphosis: Dark

I really wanted to make this album work, but it somewhat failed in pleasing my musical needs. Hailing from Switzerland, Jean-Pierre Schenk (vocals, keyboards, bass and drums), Oliver Guenat and Roger Burri (guitars) are forming this trio known as Metamorphosis.

This album, simply called Dark, is the band's fourth release. Their previous work is said to be more directly inspired by Pink Floyd and I would have wished for the same type of inspiration on this one. Dark is supposedly more personal that the other three discs. I could still feel that Pink Floyd-ish touch, perhaps mixed a bit with Alan Parson's Project on the side. Actually, Dark is not too bad as such, just decent. It is interesting, without being thrilling. I'm having also a bit of problem with the vocals, for they are too clean, somewhat nasal and lacking emotions. The compositions are pretty generic for progressive music: long musical interludes, guitar solos and ambient/spacey keyboard patterns. The bass sounds too strong and upfront in a few passages, as far as I am concerned. As a whole, Dark is just not challenging enough, although it has its moments. Songs like : "The Fight is Over" and "I'm Waking Up", do have cool progressive elements such as: dark passages with keys, acoustic guitars, musical breaks, and even some heavier parts. After the first half, a feeling of predictability settles, and, for one thing, we know that one or more guitar solos will happen, for instance.

Oh, I wish it was there!


Track listing:
1- Song For my Son
2 - The Fight is Over
3 - Hey Man
4 - Waking Up
5 - Knowing All I Do is Worth Nothing
6 - You
7 - Where Do We Go Now
8 - Dark

Added: May 31st 2009
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
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Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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